Suggested Reference Materials for First Millennium History:

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Historical Atlas of the World

Atlas of the Bible and Christianity

Globe

*A Timeline of Eastern Church History
author: Kathryn Tsai
publisher: Divine Ascent Press; 1st edition (2004)
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The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events
author: Bernard Grun
publisher: Touchstone (2005)

*The Illustrated Synaxarion
free pdf download here

*Let the Little Children Come to Me: Stories of Children Martyrs
publisher: St. John Chyrsostomos Monastery (2002)

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press

The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1998)

*The Law of God: An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity
author: Priest Daniel Sysoev
publisher: Daniel Sysoev Inc. (2016)
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The Law of God: For Study at Home and School
author: Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
publisher: Printshop of St. Job of Pochaev, Holy Trinity Monastery (1996)
note: Creation account in this book reflects progressive creationism.

 

 

1st Millennium: Grades 1-4

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ON THE LIFE OF CHRIST AND PANAGIA (1st Millennium: Grades 1-4)

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press

*A Visual Catechism of the Orthodox Church
author: Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos
publisher: Birth of the Theotokos Monastery (1999)

*Rejoice, Panagia: Offering to Children the Akathist Hymn
author and publisher: Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring (2014)

*Feasts of Christ and the Theotokos and Miracles of the Lord
author and publisher: Spiritual Fragrance Publishing (2012)

*The Parables of Christ
author and publisher: Spiritual Fragrance Publishing (2012)

[Books by Potamitis Publishing]
author: Dionysios Potamitis
publisher: Potamitis Publishing

A Sacred History for Children
author: Fr. P. Vozdvizhensky
publisher: Saint John of Kronstadt Press (2000)

The Illustrated Life of the Theotokos for Children
author: Georgia and Helen Hronas
publisher: Light and Life Publishing Company (1990)

The Children's Bible Reader
publisher: American Bible Society (2006) 
review: Included are 74 stories from the Old Testament and 81 from the New Testament. Clergy and lay leaders of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit were involved the editing and production of this American edition.
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The Holy Nativity of Our Lord
author: Euphemia Briere
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (1993)

The Baptism of Our Lord
author: Euphemia Briere
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (1994)

Holy Week and Pascha
author: Euphemia Briere
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2007)

The Story of Icons
Part 2: On the Icons of the Twelve Great Feasts (pages 33-74)
author: Mary Hallick
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (2001)


Collections of Saints' Lives  (1st Millennium: Grades 1-4)

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press
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*Let the Little Children Come to Me: Stories of Children Martyrs
publisher: St. John Chyrsostomos Monastery (2002)
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*Spiritual Fragrance Book Set:
*Book 1: Feasts of Christ and the Theotokos and Miracles of the Lord
*Book 2: The Parables of Christ
*Book 3: The Four Evangelists
*Book 4: The Disciples of Christ
*Book 5: The Co-Workers for the Gospel
*Book 6: The Lives of Our Saints, Book 6
*Book 7: The Lives of Our Saints, Book 7
*Book 8: The Lives of Our Saints, Book 8
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Saints for All Ages:
Book 1: Women Martyrs of the Lord
Book 2: Enlighteners of Ancient Kingdoms
Book 3: New Apostles of Christ
Book 4: Rulers of Nations, Servants of Christ
Book 5: Pillars of the Church
Book 6: Saints of the British Isles
Book 7: Founders of Russian Monasticism
Book 8: Great Monks of the Desert
Book 9: Poets and Hymnographers of the Church
Book 10: Fighters for the Faith
publisher: OCA Dept. of Religious Education (1982)
note: This series is out of print. St. Kosmas Homeschool Association is seeking permission to post this series online.

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Lives of the Saints  (1st Millennium: Grades 1-4)

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press

*Let the Little Children Come to Me: Stories of Children Martyrs
publisher: St. John Chyrsostomos Monastery (2002)

*A Child's Paradise of Saints
author: Nun Nectaria McLees
publisher: Christ the Savior Brotherhood Publishing (2000)

*My Warrior Saints: An Illustrated Synaxarion for Children
author/illustrator: Dionysios & Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
publisher: Potamitis Publishing (2009)

*Saint Catherine
author/illustrator: Dionysios & Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
publisher: Potamitis Publishing (2008)

*Saint Christopher
author/illustrator: Dionysios & Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
publisher: Potamitis Publishing (2008)

*Saint Demetrios
author/illustrator: Dionysios & Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
publisher: Potamitis Publishing (2011)

Saint George and the Dragon
author/illustrator: Dionysios & Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis
publisher: Potamitis Publishing (2011)

*O God of Demetrios: The Story of Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki
author: Angeline Eliakopoulos
publisher: Destro Publishers (2002)

*Saint Zoticus: Guardian of Orphans
author: The Community of Saint John the Baptist, Kareas Monastery
publisher: Etoimasia Publications (2001)

*Saint Anthony the Great: Angel of the Desert
author: The Community of Saint John the Baptist, Kareas Monastery
publisher: Etoimasia Publications (2002)

The Life of the Great Martyr St. George
author: Georgia Hronas
publisher: Light & Life Publishing (1997)

The Holy Unmercenary Doctors: The Saints Anargyroi Physicians & Healers of the Orthodox Church
author: Georgia Hronas
publisher: Light & Life Publishing (1999)

Saint Moses the Ethiopian
author/illustrator: Fr. Jerome Sanderson
publisher: Christ the Savior Brotherhood Publishing (2002)

The Life of our Holy Mother among the Saints, Saint Genevieve of Paris
author: Mary Xenia Fagan
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2000)

Victor Constantinus, Maximus Augustus: The Life of Saint Constantine, the First Christian Emperor, and His Mother, Saint Helen
author: Euphemia Briere
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2003)

The Life and Sufferings of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr
author: Holy Apostles Convent
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2007)

*Saint Eustathios Placidas: His Life, Longsuffering, and Martyrdom
author: the sisters of St. John the Forerunner Monastery
publisher: St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery (2007)

*Saint Paisios the Great
author: St. John the Dwarf of Egypt
publisher: Holy Trinity Monastery (1998)

*The Life of St. Anthony the Great
author: St. Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria
publisher: St. Anthony's Monastery (2014)

*The Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt
author: St. Sophronius
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2003)

The Life of the Holy Prince Vladimir the Great of Kiev
publisher: St. John of Kronstadt Press (1985)


Church History (1st Millennium: Grades 1-4)

*Door to Paradise: Jesus Christ in Ancient Orthodoxy
author and publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood

The Orthodox Christian Church Through the Ages
Volume 1: Heros for Truth
Volume 2: New Frontiers
author: Sophie Koulomzin
publisher: OCA Religious Ed. Dept. (1968)

*Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
author: Theodore Khoury
publisher: Icons Plus (2004)
notes: this book contains historical accounts of the miracle-working icons of the Panagia.

A Children's History of the Church: From the day of Pentecost to the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 29-A.D 451)
author: John Mason Neal (1800's)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2017)
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1st Millennium: Middle & High School

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Essential Reading & Resources (1st Millennium: Middle & High School)

*The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints
author: St. Demetrius of Rostov
publisher: Chrysostom Press

*Let the Little Children Come to Me: Stories of Children Martyrs
publisher: St. John Chyrsostomos Monastery (2002)

*The Life of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1989)

*The Lives of the Holy Apostles
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1988)

*The Lives of the Three Great Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1998)

*The Lives of the Holy Women Martyrs
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1992)

*The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1991)

The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church
publisher: Holy Apostles Convent (1998)

*A Timeline of Eastern Church History
author: Kathryn Tsai
publisher: Divine Ascent Press; 1st edition (2004)
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Primary Sources and Historical Biographies Written During the 1st Millennium
(1st Millennium: Middle & High School)  

*The Life of St. Anthony the Great
author: St. Athanasios the Great (written in the 4th century)
publisher: St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery (2014)
notes: This is the first biography of a saint who was not a martyr, and is considered to be one of the finest of Saint Athanasius’ writings. Saint John Chrysostom recommends that this Life be read by every Christian.

*Saint Paisios the Great
author: his disciple St. John the Dwarf of Egypt (written in the 4th century)
publisher: Holy Trinity Monastery (1998)

*Four Great Saints: St. Paisius the Great, St. Pachomius the Great, Euthymius the Great, and St. Theodosius (4th - 5th centuries)
publisher: Holy Trinity Monastery (2007)

*An Ascetic Bishop: Stories, Sermons, and Prayers of St. Nephon (4th century)
author: St. Nephon (written in the 4th century)
publisher: St. Anthony's Monastery (2013)

*The Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt (5th-6th century)
author: St. Sophronius (written in the 7th century)
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2003)

*The Life of Our Holy Father Maximus the Confessor (7th century)
author: his disciple Anastasius the Aposcrisiarios of Rome (7th century)
publisher: Holy Transfiguration Monastery (1982)

*The Precious Pearl: The Lives of Saints Barlaam and Ioasaph
author: St. John Damascene (written in the 8th century)
publisher: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (1997)
notes: The story is set in India at the time "when the monasteries were being formed in Egypt."

Holy Fire: The Miracle of the Light of the Resurrection At the Tomb of Jesus. Seventy Historical Accounts (4th - 16th C.)
author: Haris Skarlakidis
publisher:  (2015)
note: First hand accounts of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem from 4th - 16th centuries. Included are photographed samples of accounts of the miracle written in ancient Greek, which would be of interest to children studying the ancient Greek language. 
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In the Footsteps of Egeria to Sinai and the Holy Land: A Fourth Century Travel Journal, A Twenty-First Century Pictorial Odyssey
author: a 4th century pilgrim to the Holy Land
publisher: Paidea Classics (2018)
note: a portion of the profits go to the Sinai monasteries
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Additional Historical Biographies (1st Millennium: Middle & High School)

*The Life and Sufferings of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr
author: Holy Apostles Convent
publisher: St. Nectarios Press (2007)

*St. Spyridon of Tremithus: Boast of the Orthodox (4th century)
author: Sotos Chondropoulos
publisher: "Kainourgia Ge" Publications (2008)

*Justinian the Great: the Emperor and Saint (6th century)
author: Asterios Gerostergios
publisher: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (1982)

*St. Photios the Great (9th century)
author: Asterios Gerostergios
publisher: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (1980)

The Life of the Holy Prince Vladimir the Great of Kiev
publisher: St. John of Kronstadt Press (1985)

Saints of England's Golden Age: A Collection of the Lives of Holy Men and Women Who Flourished in Orthodox Christian Britain
publisher: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies (1997)

The Lives of the Georgian Saints
author: Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze
publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (2006)

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Summaries of History (1st Millennium: Middle & High School)

*Door to Paradise: Jesus Christ in Ancient Orthodoxy
author and publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood

*The Law of God: An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity
Part VII: "The New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ" (pages 327-429)
Part VIII: "The New Testament Church" (pages 430-535)
author: Priest Daniel Sysoev
publisher: Daniel Sysoev Inc. (2016)

*The Ecumenical Synods of the Orthodox Church: A Concise History
author: Fr. James Thornton
publisher: Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies (2007)

*Victories of Orthodoxy
author: Constantine Cavarnos
publisher: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (1997)

The Orthodox Church a Well-Kept Secret: A Journey Through Church History
author: Fr. George Nicozisin
publisher: Light & Life Publishing (1997)

The Orthodox Christian Church Through the Ages
Volume 1: Heros for Truth
Volume 2: New Frontiers
author: Sophie Koulomzin
publisher: OCA Religious Ed. Dept. (1968)

A Children's History of the Church: From the day of Pentecost to the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 29-A.D 451)
author: John Mason Neal (1800's)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2017)
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Stories from Church History: Inspiring Stories of Faith, Struggle, and Triumph, Volume 1: A.D. 34-312
author: John Mason Neal (1800's)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2017)
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Stories from Church History: Inspiring Stories of Faith, Struggle, and Triumph, Volume 2: A.D. 312-450
author: John Mason Neal (1800's)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2018)
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Story of the Last Days of Jerusalem from Josephus
author: Alfred Church (1800's)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2004)
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The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child
Volume 1: Ancient Times (From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor)
Volume 2: The Middle Ages (From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance)
author: Susan Wise Bauer
publisher: Peace Hill Press (2003)
review: This series is not recommended for grades 1-4 as it reflects a Protestant worldview. Suggested for use after the child has established an Orthodox worldview.


Historical Fiction (1st Millennium: Middle & High School)

*Saint Eustathios Placidas: His Life, Longsuffering, and Martyrdom
author: the sisters of St. John the Forerunner Monastery
publisher: St. John the Forerunner Monastery (2007)

Out of the African Lands: The Story of St. Perpetua and Her Companions
author: Constantina Palmer
publisher: Lumination Press (2016)r
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Voyage to the Rock
author: Fr. Matthew Penney
publisher: Lumination Press (2014)
notes: relates to the history of the Vikings in America and St. Bredan the Navigator
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The Purple Mantle
author: Aliki Kafetzopoulou
publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (2001)
notes: set during the reign of Diocletian
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A Trace in the Sand: A Tale of the Early Martyrs
publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (2007)
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Diamonds on the Bosphorus
author: Aliki Kafetzopoulou
publisher: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood (2011)
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The Exiles of the Cebenna
author: John Mason Neale (1800's)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2002)
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Egyptian Wanderers
author: John Mason Neale (1800's)
publisher: Paidea Classics (2017)
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Constantine the Great
author: Frieda Upson
publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (1986)

The Bronze Bow
author: Elizabeth Speare (first published in 1961)
publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
notes: Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal

1st Millennium: Middle & High School Advanced

The recommendation is to allow the advanced reader to choose from among these titles for a topic that is of most interest to the reader.

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Original Source Documents Written During the 1st Millennium
(1st Millennium: Middle & High School Advanced)

*St. John Chrysostom On Virginity
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press (1983)
note: In his work "On Virginity," Chrysostom discusses both marriage and virginity which are relevant topics to Orthodox high school students nearing adulthood. Every Orthodox book on marriage (available in the English language) quotes only small pieces of this text and gives commentary, but none give the full text. This English translation published by Edwin Mellen Press is an academic work done by a Roman Catholic, and is the only complete English translation of this text. St. Kosmas Homeschool Association also has this complete text in both Latin and Greek, which we offer as a free pdf download for those studying the classical languages. Email us for the link to download the pdf.

*St. John Chrysostom On Wealth and Poverty
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (1984)

St. John Chrysostom Homilies on the Sermon on the Mount of Our Lord Jesus Christ
author: St. John Chrysostom
publisher: Nektarios Panagopoulos (1997)

*St. Germanus On the Divine Liturgy
[read pages 55-107 only]
author: St. Germanus of Constantinople (8th century)
publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (1999)

St. Athanasius On the Incarnation
author: St. Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria
publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press (1993)

The Apostolic Fathers
Modern Translations of these Early Christian Writings: Clement, Ignatius, Polykarp, Hermas, Barnabas, the Didache
publisher: Light and Life Publishing (1978)

1st Millennium: Additional Resources and Book Lists

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